Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession With Appearance Hurts Girls and Women
by Renee Engeln, PhD
An award-winning psychology professor reveals how the cultural obsession with women’s appearance is an epidemic that harms women’s ability to get ahead and to live happy, meaningful lives, in this powerful, eye-opening work in the vein of Peggy Orenstein and Sheryl Sandberg. (via Google Books)
Consumed: The Need for Collective Change | Colonialism, Climate Change, and Consumerism
by Aja Barber
In Consumed, Barber calls for change within an industry that regularly overreaches with abandon, creating real imbalances in the environment and the lives of those who do the work—often in unsafe conditions for very low pay—and the billionaires who receive the most profit. Barber exposes the endemic injustices in our consumer industries and the uncomfortable history of the texture industry, one which brokered slavery, racism, and today’s wealth inequality.
One the layers are peeled back, Barber invites you participate in unlearning, to understand the truth behind why we consume in the way that we do, to confront the uncomfortable feeling that we are never quite enough and why we will the void with consumption rather than compassion. Barber challenges us to challenge the system and our role in it. The less you buy in the consumer culture, the more power you have. Consumed will teach you how to be a citizen and not a consumer.
Trick Mirror: Reflections of Self Delusion
by Jia Tolentino
Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly in a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Jia writes about the cultural prisms that have shaped her: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the American scammer as millennial hero; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the mandate that everything, including our bodies, should always be getting more effecient and beautiful until we die. (via Goodreads)